For the average American, a home alarm system may be the extent of his or her security detail. But for the super-rich, it’s another story. They’re taking security to a new high in technology and price.
With billionaires worried about protestors, pirates and kidnappers, they’re fortifying their homes, yachts and even private jets with high-tech security. The price tag to equip homes of the super-rich can be as cutting edge as the technology.
Entry-level protection for such homes routinely easily reaches $150,000, but it can also be “fabulously more expensive,” said Al Corbi, president of Safe,a firm which designs custom security for the ultra-wealthy. It all depends on the amount of security, size of the home and the specific details involved.
One of his latest projects has a price tag of $10 million. What do you get for that kind of money?
“It would be full life-support systems that would keep these people and sustain them for generations, even if they were the last two people on earth,” Corbi said.
Those seeking top-level protection on the high seas can expect to spend 7 percent to 8 percent of the yacht’s total value, according to retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Brian Peterman, now with Command at Sea International.So, a $54 million dollar super-yacht security retrofit would cost between $3.7 million and $4.3 million.
Here we take a look at some of the unbelievable lengths billionaires can go to in their quest for the ultimate protection, as well as the costs associated with the various security measures.
Because prices can range widely when it comes to securing a house, the prices quoted here for home security are based on Safe’s show home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles.
Click ahead for a peek at how a security-conscious billionaire can purchase peace of mind.
By Michelle FoxPosted 6 June 2012